Tom Boonen Tour of Qatar st4

Today's hastily arranged Quick Step press conference saw Tom Boonen apologise to his friends and family for the scandal surrounding his cocaine positive, but he refused to refer to it directly. The conference also left a large question mark hanging over Boonen's participation in this year's Tour de France.

Flanked by Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevre, Boonen said; ?I am not going to make a specific defense of my case today, but I have caused pain to my family, friends and team and I apologise for that,?

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